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Russian 2014 Winter Olympic Resort to Host the First Stage of the Freeride World Tour 2010

FWT Athletes to Experience Krasnaya Polyana

Verbier, Switzerland – January 12, 2010 – The pressure is on for the first stage of the Freeride World Tour 2010. Krasnaya Polyana, the alpine and nordic ski area for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014, has become a legendary spot for the planet’s best freeride skiers and snowboarders. The athletes have challenged the Caucasian mountains since the creation of the Freeride World Tour in 2008. The Nissan Russian Adventure by Swatch will take off for its third edition 21-22 January at the Russian ski resort, which is working on the continued development of the resort ahead of the Olympics in 2014. Although one of Vladimir Putin’s favourite hol

iday destinations, Krasnaya Polyana is a rather unknown resort outside Russia. The world elite of freeride skiers and snowboarders are among the few athletes to experience the next coming Winter Olympic resort.

Riders’ Quotes on Krasnaya Polyana
Nissan athlete and snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue (FRA), Freeride World Champion 2009 and gold medal favourite in Boarder Cross for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February: “Krasnaya Polyana has the best snow in Europe! With its maritime weather conditions it snows a lot and as in Alaska it sticks very well to the steeps. With the 55 lifts and all the facilities that are planned for 2014, Krasnaya Polyana will be a major resort, which will compete with other big resorts in the Alps. ”

Skier Sverre Lilliequist (SWE), winner of the Nissan Russian Adventure 2009, and former alpine racer: “It is just fantastic skiing in Krasnaya Polyana, which is still an exotic destination. For freeriding the resort can get a lot of snow in a short period of time - nice dry snow in large quantities! The tree skiing is amazing with perfect spacing between the silver birches and with lift access you can find some really good faces. A perfect venue for a freeride contest. Regarding the Olympics, there is a great potential for the alpine disciplines in this terrain.”

The Freeride World Tour at ISPO 7-10 February The Freeride World Tour has started a partnership with ISPO in Munich, the biggest outdoor sports trade show in Europe. With the constant growth of the sport of freeriding, ISPO will feature a Freeride Zone in Hall A3 and invited the Freeride World Tour to be part of it. The Freeride World Tour will be located at A3.318. The partnership aims to show key industry players a best-practice example on how a series of events like the Freeride World Tour can unite winter sports players to develop a clear freeride message. Video premieres, drinks, autograph sessions and the opportunity to mingle with FWT athletes will take place at the FWT booth.

The 2010 Freeride World Tour's four stages:
Date: 21-22 January 2010

Date: 30 January 2010

Date: 27 February 2010
Date: 20 March 2010


Air France

Air France

Linked with Tignes to offer some of the best ski terrain in Europe (the Espace Killy). Year-round skiing. A premier ski resort. Connected to Tignes and regarded by many skiers as the place to ski while in France. Home of Olympic champions, it offers some of the finest ski terrain in Europe
Elevation: Base/Village: 1,850 m (6,070 ft); Top: 3,450 m (11,316 ft)
Vertical: 1,700 m (5,576 ft)
Longest Run: 5.5 km (3.5 mi) “La Verte”
Terrain: 17% beginner, 47% interm, 26% advanced, 10% expert. Runs: 23 green, 62 blue, 44 red, 26 black
Skiing Circus: Ski the Espace Killy (Val d’Isere & Tignes); off-piste runs to Bonneval 5/Arc and to Les Arcs, La Plagne
Lifts: 74
Types: 4 cable cars; 4 gondolas; 2 funiculars; underground funicular, 42 chairlifts, 22 surface lifts
Lift Capacity: 78,000 p/h resort (156,000 in Espace Killy)

Tignes France
You are itching to grab your skis? Offer them an XXL ski area! The Tignes – Val d’Isère espace killy and its 300 kms of slopes have been waiting for you since its opening on November 28th, meaning 1900m difference in high to slide down from the Grande Motte Glacier to the heart of the resort. Looking for even more thrill? Join the freestylers, experts on the Swatch Snowpark, and beginners on the Nissan Gliss’Park
Winter X Games Europe
THE snowsports event not to miss this winter! Top news! For the very first time, the Winter X Games land in Europe! And we are pleased to announce that Tignes was chosen to host this key event in freestyle ski and snowboard. For 3 days, from March 10th to 12th 2010, the best riders will gather from all around the world to compete against each other on Tignes’ snow for exceptional competitions. For this first European edition, the Winter X Games have scheduled 8 events: the Men and Women’s Super Pipe Ski and Snowboard, the Men and Women’s Slopestyle Ski and Snowboard, and a freestyle Snowmobile demo. Europe is set to witness a sporting technique and prowness never seen before on these shores!
http://www.tignes.net/en/ Norway
Hafjell was one of the main venue sites for alpine events in the 1994 Olympics. Although Hafjell has been around since 1939 it was a long time developing into an alpine ski center. Along with Kvitfjell these two areas were featured as Lillehammer’s alpine sites. The center is nine miles north of Lillehammer.
Elevation: Base/Village: 200 m (656 ft); Top: 1,030 m (3,378 ft)
Vertical: 830 m (2,722 ft)
Longest Run: 7 km (4 mi)
Terrain: Runs up to 3 miles; some above treeline; lower slopes are lighted until 8:00 pm; snowmaking; groomed; 9 green, 9 blue, 6 red, 4 black runs; 1,062 acres (33 km)
Skiing Circus: See “Best Deal”
Lifts: 15
Types: 1 gondola, several quad chairs, 8 surface

Slovenian -Julian Alps
Kranjska Gora is a romantic alpine village. A frequent site of World Cup races, it is near the Austrian and Italian borders.
Different accents are heard in Kranjska Gora, a regular host of World Cup events. (Photo: Slovenia Tourism)
Elevation: Village: 810 m (2,656 ft) Top: 1,570 m (5,150 ft)
Vertical: 761 m (2,496 ft)
Longest Run: 2.5 miles
Terrain: 30 km (19 mi) of downhill runs; 56% beginner, 25% intermediate, 19% advanced; snowmaking and night skiing
Lifts: 21 in the region, including those of KG, Podkohren and Gozd Martuljek
Types: 3 quad chairlifts, 2 doubles, 16 draglifts
Lift Capacity: 17,600

Glacier 3000 - Switzerland
Snow sports activities up to 3'000 m The good snow conditions invite you to spend an excellent day in the glacier skiing area. The installations of Glacier 3000 remain open until May 3rd.
The Glacier 3000 ski area includes 10 installations and 30 km of ski runs ranging from 1350 to 3000 m above sea level. It is a part of the ski area shared with Gstaad Mountain Rides (250 km of ski runs) and the Vaudoises Alps (225 km of ski runs) and is particularly attractive for Freestylers and Freeriders. With the 7km long Olden ski run, Glacier 3000 is able to offer one of the most challenging ski runs in the area - a challenge for any skier or snowboarder

For people who like to have unlimited fun in the snow, the 7 km long Olden ski run is just the right one. The black ski run is one of the longest of this difficulty level in the region

Name - Length - Vert - Top Station
P1 Reusch – Oldenegg 1624 m 572 m 1922 m
P2 Oldenegg – Cabane 2270 m 601 m 2523 m
P3 Col du Pillon – Cabane 1960 m 979 m 2524 m
P5 Cabane – Sex Rouge 1551 m 406 m 2930 m
P6 Oldenalp – Oldenegg 797 m 81 m 1922 m

Saas- Fee

Conditions are great.And what's more: you can get warm, meet nice people, have fun, chatter, flirt and dance... Our spring package "Allalin weeks" can easily keep pace with the approaching spring feeling. 4 nights from only CHF 346.- / EUR 223.-. After the great (and full) winter there are still free rooms now in April. Thanks to the Easter snow, winter has just begun...
King of Popcorn
The world's best freestyle snowboard action". Exaggeration? Certainly not! The best boarders well ensure a great spectacle within the remit of the Swatch TTR Snowboard Tour, "SNICKERS Classic & POPCORN Wallride 08" in Saas-Fee, both on and near the piste. Famous names will show their respect for the freestyle event: for instance Gian Simmen and Iouri Podlatchikov. On Längfluh it's a question of higher, faster, further. And who will become king? Will it be Nicolas Müller again, "the King of Popcorn 2007"? www.saas-fee.ch
Saas- Fee


Zermat - Theodul glacier

Dolomiti - Italy
- Val Gardena: Men’s SuperG and downhill - Alta Badia: Men’s giant slalom - Cortina d'Ampezzo: Women’s SuperG, downhill and SuperG 12 unique regions of skiing pleasure with 1,200 kilometres of slopes, gourmet delights and cozy huts await you in the Dolomiti Superski resort. Discover every day new panoramas, lots of sunshine in front of a breathtaking landscape of the Dolomites
80% of the ski areas open From this week-end, opening of Balme, les Grands Montets (except for the Lognan-Grands Montets cable-car and Retour Pendant chairlift), Brévent–Flégère, La Vormaine, Les Planards and Les Houches. The legend asscociated with off-piste in the Chamonix valley was born on the confines of the glaciers, there where the slopes seem to go on forever. The Valley Blanche, the Pas de Chevre, the Rognons glacier, so many fabulous names and places that, each year, attract the elite from the « planet freeride » ! The most famous off-piste descent is doubtless the Valley Blanche, accessed via the Aiguille du Midi cable car and offering several variants: the normal Valley, the Petit Envers du Plan or the Grand Envers du Plan. This glacial route is very popular in early spring, but is nethertheless a high-mountain intinerary and the presence of a mountain guide is strongly recommended. www.chamonix.com/

The 70th International Hahnenkamm Race from 22nd January to 24th January 2010 The Kitzbüheler Ski Club and the Organizing Committee of the Hahnenkamm Race bid their welcome to all media representatives planning a coverage of the event from Kitzbühel, making it accessible to a large group of interested sports fans thanks to the quality of their media services. Now already we would like to extend a warm welcome to all media representatives. www.hahnenkamm.com/

80th International Lauberhorn Races 2010 - Wengen Switzerland
Race Programme 2010

Friday January 15, 2010
10.30am Super Combination Downhill
1.30pm Super Combination Slalom (one race)
6.15pm Drawing of numbers for the Lauberhorn Downhill in the World Cup Village in Wengen
7.00pm Prize-giving ceremony for the Super Combination in the World Cup Village in Wengen

Saturday January 16, 2010
12.30pm Lauberhorn Downhill
6.15pm Drawing of numbers for the Lauberhorn Slalom in the World Cup Village in Wengen
7.00pm Prize-giving ceremony for the Lauberhorn Downhill in the World Cup Village in Wengen

Sunday January 17, 2010
10.00am Slalom 1st run
13.15pm Slalom 2nd run
3.45pm Prize-giving ceremony


White Pass- WA
Steeps are open!
Weather: Overcast
Temp: 32F Summit / 32F Base
New Snow: Trace
Base: 44" Base area / 66" Summit
Freeride Club: White Pass welcomes back guest coach Carrie Uren of Randle, WA who is currently the 10th ranked female boardercross athlete in the US.

Big Sky - Montana
Great Conditions Surface Conditions: Powder & Packed Powder Today's Word: It's going to be a great weekend up at Big Sky! Today, Saturday, and Sunday we are hosting the FIS University Races on Tippy's Tumble. Come watch the competitors, including some at the World Cup/Europa Cup level, race in our Slalom event today. Join us tomorrow to cheer on racers in the Giant Slalom and help support the American Red Cross Relief Efforts in Haiti. Important note about American Red Cross Haiti Relief: On Saturday, Jan 16 Big Sky Resort and Boyne Resorts across the U.S. will be donating one dollar from every lift ticket sold to support American Red Cross Relief Efforts in Haiti. As a passholder you likely won't be purchasing a lift ticket, but if you would like to contribute we will be collecting individual donations at Guest Services through Monday, January 18th, or you can donate directly to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
Donate directly to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org. www.redcross.org.

Jackson Hole

USASA slopestyle and halfpipe competition begins tomorrow
Events January 12-16: Steep & Deep Ski Camp
January 16: Women's Skate Skiing Clinic
January 16-18: JH Ski Club North Series Super G's
January 16-17: USASA Slopestyle & Halfpipe Competition
January 16-22: National Safety Awareness Week
January 19-23: Women's Ski Camp
January 19-23: Women's Snowboard Camp
January 19-23: Women's Telemark Camp
Lifts Open: 10 of 11 Trails Open: 82 of 116 Groomed Trails: 28 of 48


Winter ski and snowboard passes are on sale at the Ticket Office at River Run, the Sun Valley Recreation Center in Sun Valley Village and on line at skipass.sunvalley.com.

THANKS TO Nick and all the great staff at Sno-Forcast for thier continued support

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